Green Meditation

I did not grow up in a hunting family
for whatever reason we lived in suburban Northern Virginia but I did always have
an innate desire to be an outdoorsman and to be a hunter
it just was part of my DNA from my perspective the world is moving at such
an incredible pace I mean it’s it just it’s hard to keep up with technology and
all the stuff and I say that as a 62 year old guy maybe it’s a little
different than young for young people but I hope not because the outdoors
gives you something that you can’t get on a TV screen or a computer monitor and
gives you this sense of peace I think and and it’s a real gift
to be able to utilize what we have I find being outside is is like being in
my church you know it I call it green meditation you know when you’re outside
there’s just something comforting about being in the outdoors and and I’m
fascinated by the mystery of it all it’s it’s amazing to me how many people
don’t know where to start even even hiking and the same thing with hunting I
have introduced hunting to not only young people but older people and and
it’s a very rewarding experience to see the look on their face and when they get
in that opportunity to come up here and hunt now I find that these people once
they are introduced to this they usually expand upon that experience and and
start finding other avenues and places to go hunting and I only had one ask if
they harvest an animal I want a picture of them with the animal and I want them
to write me a note about their experience and I ask that for several
reasons is that to instill in them that there is a responsibility in in hunting
and doing things the right way and there’s also a respect that this is this
is a big deal right this is a big deal to be able to
have this opportunity and you know I often say that hunting is now 1% pulling
the trigger it’s 99% all the other stuff it may be maybe obligation to pass
something on you know and make it potentially better than I found it in a
very small way for me in terms of hunting you know and I sort of live my
life that way that that it’s important to me to leave this earth in a better
place than I found it or leave my farm in a better place then then when we we
first bought it and you know that I think about that and you know we’ve done
that through you know with programs and different things with the state you know
we’ve had foresters go out we planted trees along the waterways we do food
plots not just for the hunting season but we do them year-round so the deer
and the turkeys and the bears and the Coyotes and the bobcats all have a boo
stop Springs to me are almost spiritual here
on the farm up in the mountain we’re the birthing ground of water as what I like
to say we have a dozen Springs on the farm and our watershed here we were an
unhak Creek which goes into the Tai River which goes into the James which
goes into the bay and so what we can do on the fawn to mitigate animal waste
getting in the water is something that we’ve taken very seriously conservation is the key to supporting
this heritage that has been given to us to be able to pass that on to the next
generation we don’t conserve the great gifts that we’ve been given the forests
the streams the fish though the wildlife in a way that’s positive they won’t be
there for future generations I think we’ve done a tremendous job we
can do a better job and I think the more people that we get involved in the
outdoors the stronger will be our government’s commitment to protecting


  1. GREAT VIDEO – well done. Could not agree more on what Crandall said- we have lost our touch with nature and the effect technology has and is having on our lives.

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